In 2010 a group of young vascular surgeons of South Asian descent started meeting regularly to share anecdotes about patient care, professional advice, and form a supportive community. While this group initial served in primarily a social capacity the SAAVS quickly grew in membership and it became apparent that both the personal and career development of South Asian vascular surgeons could and should be supported by the SAAVS. The SAAVS serves as a voice for vascular surgeons of South Asian descent. Our organization raised money to provide multiple scholarship opportunities for resident/fellow exchanges between the south Asian subcontinent and the USA as well as a resident research competition to support and engage the future leaders of vascular surgery. We participate heavily in the Vascular Society of India and have crafted guidelines and presented within this international forum.
From the beginning, our society has been fully inclusive. We defined “South Asian” in the broadest sense to include not only those from East, Southeast, and South Asia, but also the Middle East. Regardless of ethnicity, membership and inclusion in all activities associated with SAAVS is open to anyone who has an interest in promoting underrepresented populations in any arena of vascular surgery. We welcome you and hope to serve as your voice on the national front!